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Just as one would be ill advised to consume espresso drinks at bedtime and go to sleep still sipping them; ‘Mind The Gap’ is not an album to listen to while falling asleep. Its acceleration of dynamic, high-speed energy is the musical equivalent of the high caffeine content

Savage makes an impactful splash with the uplifting, high velocity debut album, ‘Mind The Gap.’ Savage is the exhilarating new project of Ricardo Mendes, better known as Psilocybe Project, hailing from Lisboa, Portugal.

‘Mind The Gap’ packs a punch of high-octane fuel with its high-powered melodic tracks, igniting in a cataclysmic explosion of fresh, clean beats that evoke a sense of brightness and light. This collection of turbo-charged, fast tempo tracks is a caffeinated blast of addictive, fluid melodies and upbeat, energetic rhythms.

As in coffee, the tracks contain the proper counterbalance for the perfect blend of dark roasted espresso, creamy milk, and caramelized sugar. There’s enough variation on ‘Mind The Gap’ to go beyond the basic cappuccino or latte with their light, fluffy clouds of foamed milk, and delight in sampling the diverse sound palette of distinctive espresso drinks that create the album’s track list.

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‘The Mountain’ imparts the distinct sound of Pretty Lights through sequences of pensive piano, sound samples, and percussion grooves. Blending this unexpected flavor with full on psy trance is both intriguing and successful, and one might compare this track to the caramel brûlée latte, peppermint mocha, or pumpkin spice latte offering on the ‘Mind The Gap’ menu.

In tracks like ‘Point Break,’ the dubstep influences function as flavor shots, enhancing the fast-paced psy trance with syncopated rhythm and reverberating bass. It characterizes the tracks in a similar way to caramel, hazelnut, or chocolate and how these flavors lend a smooth, complementary counterpoint to specialty coffee drinks without overpowering them.

Just as one would be ill advised to consume espresso drinks at bedtime and go to sleep still sipping them; ‘Mind The Gap’ is not an album to listen to while falling asleep. Its acceleration of dynamic, high-speed energy is the musical equivalent of the high caffeine content contained in espresso and would keep one awake all night.

Savage ‘Mind The Gap’ is a chart-climbing debut album and its emerging popularity could be likened to the hottest new coffee spot that creates a caffeinated buzz amongst coffee lovers.

‘Mind The Gap’ is out now via Dissidia Records.

Savage 'Mind The Gap'

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